“Father Knows Best” has somehow been replaced by “Modern Family”

By Dr. Douglas Levesque


Father Knows Best has somehow been replaced by Modern Family.  The Biblical and natural nuclear family comprised of father, mother, and children has been undermined by wholesale divorce, remarriage, step families, and multicultural acceptance.  While great sympathies can be had for broken families, and there are positive examples of “second” family experiences, the normal definition of a family has been transformed into any combination of people living together under the auspice of family. Sometimes very tragic circumstances lead to very little choice in living arrangements, but the circumstantial family must be delineated from the Biblical family for principle’s sake.  The culture depends upon it.  Indeed the greatest catalyst to America’s dark transformation has been this assault upon the family.  It started in the garden of Eden when Adam somehow failed to protect Eve from the devil’s lie, and Eve succumbed to pretense of superiority over God, and Adam.  When divine order was usurped it resulted in the catastrophe called the fall of mankind.  It is indeed a grace that Jesus saves us from this state of guilt.  He can also reconcile broken families and heal nations, but we must revere again, the Holy Word and will of God, especially concerning the ideal notion of what a family is.

The American Broadcasting Corporation is not the first company to peddle the wares of an alternative family.  Whether sold as a comedy or drama, the proper family has been mocked for decades.  Sometimes the jest would be a portrayal of naughty children as funny, or the role of bumbling dad as cute.  The emotion of a single mother, or good wife gone bad added fodder to the national conversation through the media of television. Divorcee’s and step parents were normalized through Hollywood charms and New York values.  As America laughed at these portrayals we displayed a soft acceptance of our cultural slide.  When we shed a tear for the adulterer or sympathized with the teen rebel lines were crossed in our national psyche.  Was America following the lead of movie characters or was the silver screen just magnifying an underlying fact of society’s ills?  Blaming media moguls sounds right, but churches and Christians must take their fair share of the blame.  When pulpits quit preaching the absolute definition of marriage and family, when the pews filled up with divorced persons who were almost championed, when re-marriages were being celebrated by excuse laden sermons, defenders of traditional marriage began to partner with cultural villains

Consider the premise of ABC’s show Modern Family as defined on Wikipedia:

“Modern Family revolves around three different types of families (nuclear, step- and same-sex) living in the Los Angeles area who are interrelated through Jay Pritchett and his children, Claire Dunphy (née Pritchett) and Mitchell Pritchett. Patriarch Jay is remarried to a much younger woman, Gloria Delgado Pritchett (née Ramirez), a passionate Colombian with whom he has a baby son, Fulgencio (Joe) Pritchett; and a son from Gloria’s previous marriage, Manny Delgado. Jay’s daughter Claire was a homemaker, but has returned to the business world; she is married to Phil Dunphy, a real-estate agent and self-professed “cool Dad”. They have three children- Haley Dunphy, a stereotypical ditzy teenage girl; Alex Dunphy, a nerdy, smart middle child; and Luke Dunphy, the off-beat only son. Jay’s lawyer son Mitchell and his husband Cameron Tucker have an adopted Vietnamese daughter, Lily Tucker-Pritchett. As the name suggests, this family represents a modern-day family and episodes are comically based on situations which many families encounter in real life.”

This multicultural and often vulgar TV sitcom does not hide the fact that it indeed mocks the wholesome rendition of a family in order to celebrate the broken, confused and sodomite renditions.  The personal pains of such living are hidden, the national side effects are not discussed, and the resultant damages are not even existent in ABC’s world.  Add to this strange doctrine of family, twisted slants on news coverage, bizarre children’s cartoons, violent and pornographic dramas with the result being a modern family that is doomed and surrounded with no hope.  The Bible offers a better picture, a more realistic hope, and a society that can abound.  Indeed America has always been exceptional compared with European and Asiatic family ideals. We did not start this way.  We backslid into it.

The final downward turn into familial darkness will be the UN proposal of the universal “it”.  This is a Satanic delusion where the whole world is a global family comprised of selfish beings experiencing life however they want to with the consequences being absorbed by the international society.  Of course, such a promise is not able to be kept by society.  Society, by then, will be given over to the strongman, and no person will then have a real family to stand behind them.

Cling to your family.  Embrace the true definition of marriage.  Enlist yourself in the defense of proper parenting.  Practice enduring love toward your spouse, children and parents.  The happiest people in life are Biblically married with children.  The most successful culture is one that is filled with such examples.